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Markus Ragger
Number of games in database: 935
Years covered: 2001 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2669 (2644 rapid, 2608 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2700

Overall record: +261 -110 =350 (60.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 214 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (68) 
    B22 B90 B48 B91 B46
 King's Indian (32) 
    E98 E94 E91 E97 E71
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    E10 D02 E00 A40 A41
 Queen's Indian (24) 
    E17 E15 E16 E12
 Slav (24) 
    D15 D11 D12 D17 D10
 Catalan (23) 
    E04 E06 E05 E09
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (90) 
    C78 C69 C84 C67 C65
 Slav (65) 
    D12 D10 D18 D17 D11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (35) 
    C84 C92 C90 C95 C97
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D85 D90 D70 D80 D76
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D45 D47 D44 D43 D49
 Sicilian (23) 
    B90 B92 B94 B22 B97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Ragger vs J L Chabanon, 2018 1-0
   M Ragger vs S Maze, 2016 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs M Ragger, 2011 0-1
   M Ragger vs R S Jones, 2007 1-0
   A Volokitin vs M Ragger, 2015 1/2-1/2
   M Ragger vs J van Foreest, 2017 1-0
   M Ragger vs Nakamura, 2016 1/2-1/2
   Kasimdzhanov vs M Ragger, 2008 1/2-1/2
   M Ragger vs M Bluebaum, 2016 1/2-1/2
   M Ragger vs N Huschenbeth, 2016 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2017)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)
   European Individual Championship (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Austrian Games by waustad

   🏆 Prague Chess Festival (Masters)
   M Ragger vs N Grandelius (Feb-21-20) 1/2-1/2
   Harikrishna vs M Ragger (Feb-20-20) 1/2-1/2
   D Anton Guijarro vs M Ragger (Feb-19-20) 1/2-1/2
   M Ragger vs S Shankland (Feb-18-20) 1/2-1/2
   J K Duda vs M Ragger (Feb-16-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-05-1988, 32 years old) Austria

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Ragger was awarded the Grandmaster title in 2008. In 2004, he was the European Under-16 Chess Champion and in 2011 he came =5th (6th on tiebreak) in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), which qualified him for the World Cup (2011), where he faced Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev; he drew the two classical games but lost one and drew one of the rapid game tiebreakers to exit the contest. He won the Vienna Open 2012 ahead of Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev. His strong 7.5/11 result in the European Individual Championships (2013) qualified him for a place in the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Russian GM Ivan Popov in the first round tiebreaker, to progress to the second round where he lost to Nikita Vitiugov. Won the Politiken Cup (2015) with 8/10 on tiebreak after a ten-way tie for first. In August 2015 in Vienna, he lost a match to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov by 2.5-3.5. He is also a FIDE Trainer (2015).

Wikipedia article: Markus Ragger; Markus Ragger's bio at his website;

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 935  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs M Ragger  ½-½312001EYCC B14C59 Two Knights
2. M Ragger vs V Laznicka  ½-½242001EYCC B14C12 French, McCutcheon
3. F Tahirov vs M Ragger  ½-½732001EYCC B14A05 Reti Opening
4. M Ragger vs D Vicol  0-1302001EYCC B14B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. M Jurcik vs M Ragger  ½-½292001EYCC B14C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. S Zavgorodniy vs M Ragger  1-0422001WYB14C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
7. M Ragger vs V Movsisian  ½-½162001WYB14B22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. A Bellaiche vs M Ragger  ½-½712001WYB14C45 Scotch Game
9. M Ragger vs D Sengupta  0-1382001WYB14C15 French, Winawer
10. Kasimdzhanov vs M Ragger  1-0332004Dos HermanasC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. D Contin vs M Ragger  0-167200423rd Mitropa CupA13 English
12. M Ragger vs O Sikorova  1-034200423rd Mitropa CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. D Sermek vs M Ragger  ½-½372005Mitropa CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. M Ragger vs A Colmenares  1-0272005Wch U18C11 French
15. D Khamrakulov vs M Ragger  0-1352005Wch U18C45 Scotch Game
16. M Ragger vs R Wojtaszek  1-0482005Wch U18B10 Caro-Kann
17. M Ragger vs G Jones  ½-½182005Wch U18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Tomashevsky vs M Ragger  1-0452005Wch U18A13 English
19. M Bitelmajer vs M Ragger  0-1402005Wch U18E01 Catalan, Closed
20. M Ragger vs E Romanov  ½-½532005Wch U18C45 Scotch Game
21. J Stopa vs M Ragger  1-0332005Wch U18C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
22. M Ragger vs D Leal  0-1612005Wch U18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. B Bogosavljevic vs M Ragger  ½-½972005Wch U18A09 Reti Opening
24. M Ragger vs A Braun  ½-½182006FSGM AugustB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. Ilincic vs M Ragger  1-0432006FSGM AugustD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 935  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-31-16  waustad: I remember in a social media chat mentioning this tournament to an Austrian 2100+ player and he'd never heard of it. That won't be the case anymore. Ragger's results are big news at: right now.
Feb-05-16  waustad: Happy b'day! The results were good at Gibraltar, but the missed win in the penultimate round (if the comps are to be believed) took off a little of the luster. I sincerely hope he gets to 2700 soon. He's been so close several time.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Markus Ragger.

Tough luck about Gibraltar.

Feb-13-16  waustad: Today's win over IM Manfred Freitag in the second round of the Graz Open required quite a bit of persistence, taking 100 moves to win with rook and knight versus rook and pawn. Games are available from chess-results.
Feb-14-16  waustad: Markus Ragger is tied for first with Li Chao, with 4/4 in Graz. Tomorrow we'll see a game between these players, the highest rated players in the tournament. Each of the above mentioned players has won a very long endgame and played some interesting chess. Ragger has played one Benko Gambit with black and also an English with a similar strategic queenside pawn sac.
Feb-15-16  waustad: After today's round in Graz, there is a 4 way tie at the top, with Tamas Banusz and Bartosz Socko joining them with 4.5/5. In today's game, a Sicilian Najdorf, Ragger was a pawn up in a rook and pawn endgame that eventually wasn't enough to win.
Feb-26-16  waustad: With today's team tie between Maria Saal and Hohenems, Ragger's team maintains a lead in the Austrian Bundesliga I. Hohenems will be in second place, tied with Jenbach in match points.
Mar-06-16  waustad: With a win today over Jon Ludwig Hammer in the Norway Elite League, he's getting close to 2700 yet again. 2700chess has him at 2697.8. Yet again the Najdorf was good to him.
Mar-30-16  waustad: The final week of the Austrian Bundesliga starts tomorrow. I suspect this very busy player will be there. One problem for a player who plays a lot of team events is that giving a half point "for the good of the team" is a common occurance. Taking a draw in a good position, or even worse, trying to force a win in a drawn position both cost elo often for players who play a lot of team events. Since these are a source of income, probably major, for players slightly below the elite few who get to the invitational RRs, it can make it hard to achieve the sort of rating that gets invitations. It's sort of a "Catch 22" situation. No, I'm not going to start writing Taglish and talking about goldfish ;)
Apr-02-16  waustad: MPÖ Maria Saal continued its dominance in the final weekend for the Austrian Bundesliga. Ragger's live rating is now 2699.6.
Apr-02-16  Phi: On Friday Ragger was above 2700 on the live list for the first time. Congratulations!
Apr-02-16  Mr. V: Yes!! Finally! And a well-deserved achievement.
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  diagonal: Interview with Austria's current number one player: (apparently you have to wait a second or two for loading and then to click on "Vollbild")
Aug-15-16  waustad: Starting tomorrow, he's the top rated player at the Vienna Open. Live games are available here:
Sep-06-16  FICSwoodpusher: Regarding the following game

K Solomon vs M Ragger, 2016

Could someone explain to me why white agreed to a draw when he could have gone for a win against the much higher rated opponent?

At the time this game was finishing off, South Africa had already secured the match by winning two of the other games and drawing 1 (so its not as if it would be a disaster if the South African lost this game due to attempting to go for the win).

Oct-03-16  Daodejing: Ragger has finally made it!

He is ranked 2700 on an official FIDE ranking list.


Oct-08-16  CountryGirl: Well done to Markus Ragger! I am impressed by his relentless rise since 2009. Ragger's games often have some really nice tactics in them. Very enjoyable.
Nov-07-16  waustad: Maria Saal has a tough matchup today against OR Padove. They are outrated by at least 100 elo on every board, in round 2 of the European Club Cup in Novi Sad.
Feb-05-17  waustad: Happy birthday for your first annual 29th!
Apr-09-17  waustad: Ragger's game today against Parligras in the Bundesliga will remind most of us of the Fischer - Byrne, "game of the century."
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  whiteshark: related: M Ragger vs M Parligras, 2017
Sep-30-17  waustad: I saw some pictures from his wedding with Anna-Christina Kopinits.
Feb-05-18  waustad: And now a trentegenarian!
Feb-15-19  waustad: Markus Ragger will be playing a match with Boris Gelfand, coinciding with the Graz Open. These will begin on Sunday and will be covered live via
Feb-22-19  waustad: Ragger leads the match with Gelfand having 2 wins and 3 draws so far. In the Graz Open, Viktor Gazik has won all of his first 7 games. The Slovakian IM is a junior who has blasted past the 2500 elo mark. He doesn’t yet have a page here.
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